"Making our economy work means making sure it works for everyone," Obama said. "That there are no second class citizens in our workplaces, and that it's not just unfair and illegal — but bad for business — to pay someone less because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability."Thank you, Ms. Ledbetter. Thank you, Democratic Congress (and Republican women of the Senate). Thank you, President Obama. And thank you one more time, Ms. Ledbetter.
...Obama appeared before a jammed East Room audience, and his entrance and many lines of his brief remarks were met with happy applause and yells.
He paid special tribute to Ledbetter, who fought for the bill even though it won't allow her to recover any money for herself.
And in the room were the living symbols of this fight: Nancy Pelosi, first woman speaker of the House, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who took her pursuit of the presidency further than any other woman.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Thursday, January 29, 2009
President Obama has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, with Lilly Ledbetter standing at his side.